HollyFrontier Corp (HFC): Today's Featured Energy Winner

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HollyFrontier ( HFC) pushed the Energy industry higher today making it today's featured energy winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, HollyFrontier rose 78 cents (1.4%) to $54.50 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, five million shares of HollyFrontier exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.02-$55.15 after having opened the day at $53.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.72. Other companies within the Energy industry that increased today were: WSP Holdings ( WH), up 85%, BMB Munai ( BMBM), up 42.2%, Berry Petroleum ( BRY), up 19.3%, and Genie Energy ( GNE), up 7.3%.
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HollyFrontier Corporation operates as an independent petroleum refiner and marketer in the United States. It produces light products, such as gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, specialty lubricant products, liquefied petroleum gas, fuel oil, and specialty and modified asphalt. HollyFrontier has a market cap of $11.44 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate HollyFrontier a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates HollyFrontier as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Parker Drilling Company ( PKD), down 10.3%, Endeavour International ( END), down 9.3%, U.S. Energy ( USEG), down 7.8%, and Barnwell Industries ( BRN), down 6.5%, were all laggards within the energy industry with Halliburton Company ( HAL) being today's energy industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the energy industry could consider Energy Select Sector SPDR ( XLE) while those bearish on the energy industry could consider Proshares Short Oil & Gas ( DDG).

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